Island Resources Foundation
Island Resources Foundation was founded in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1972, dedicated to the premise that islands are special places, with particularly fragile environments and exceptionally vulnerable development options. Our primary geographic focus for over three decades has been the insular Caribbean , and our central mission has been to assist small islands to meet the challenges of social, economic and institutional growth while protecting and enhancing their environments.
The Foundation has contributed to a considerable body of island-specific information and programs that recognize the uniqueness of island conditions, the vulnerabilities of island environments, and the special qualities of island life.
Four program areas comprise the experience base of the Foundation:
- Environmental Policy and Law
- Environmental Planning, Sustainable Development and Impact Assessment
- Resource Protection and Biodiversity Conservation
- Institutional Development and Environmental Information
By conference call in January, and at a face-to-face retreat in Tortola in August 2014, the Trustees of Island Resources Foundation met to discuss alternatives for IRF in light of the future retirement of both Bruce Potter and Judith Towle. The results of those discussions were a series of decisions repositioning the Foundation to better meet the needs of small islands in light of:
1) the organizational opportunities faced by the Foundation,
2) the resources and challenges presented by the retooling of the global sustainable development agenda, and
3) the changes produced on small islands by 21st century information technologies.
This repositioning process, which will last at least 15 months, will be costly, and we need your help to see us through. The easiest and quickest way to help is to make a contribution on-line, through the facilities of the JustGive tool. Simply go to the JustGive web site at http://www.JustGive.org. Once there, the quick way to get to the IRF page is to put our Federal Employers Identification Number into the little box in the top left corner of every page of the JustGive web site;
that EIN is 23-7133516.
IF you prefer not to go on-line, just mail a check to the Foundation's DC office at 1718 P Street NW, Suite T-4, Washington, DC 20036. OR, call Judith Towle at (202) 265-9712 to arrange for some other form of payment. . . . and thanks a lot.
Since 2009, a major program thrust of Island Resources Foundation has been the detailed characterization of environmental conditions in the major islands of the British Virgin Islands. The result is a series of island environmental profiles for the major islands of the BVIs, which are modeled on the 8 country environmental profiles that we produced for USAID and UNDP in the 1990's.
See the links at IRF Policy Publications for a detailed list of currently available environmental profiles and related papers, including especially the recent profiles for:
- Jost van Dyke Environmental Profile,
- Virgin Gorda Environmental Profile, and
- Anegada Environmental Profile.
We are currently fund raising for the final and most complex profile in the British Virgin Islands sequence (Tortola-Beef Island and the many adjacent cays, from Scrub Island to Norman Island) that we will be writing in 2014. We urge and request you to contribute to the Foundation's environmental profile efforts at the secure JustGive web site as described above.